I’m not sure how to get out of finishing dental treatment with my dentist. I found the dentist after I fell off my bike and chipped four teeth. He examined my teeth the day after I fell and took x-rays to make sure my teeth were stable. I didn’t have a regular dentist, so he offered to fix the chips with bonding whenever I was ready. I like the dentist because he is friendly and doesn’t pressure or try to upsell me. So a month later, I scheduled an appointment for dental bonding. Within two weeks, the bonding began to look a little darker. Unfortunately, I scheduled some other work with this dentist, but now I wonder if I made a mistake because the bonding doesn’t look good. Am I able to whiten the bonding myself? – Thanks for your help. Vernon
Unfortunately, dental bonding cannot be whitened. Although you cannot find a product to whiten it, Supersmile toothpaste is designed to maintain boding and keep it in good shape.
Why Is New Dental Bonding Turning Dark?
New dental bonding can turn dark if a dentist uses inferior materials or is not maintained properly.
- Inferior bonding materials – Inferior bonding materials, which most general dentists stock, can wear or stain quickly. Advanced cosmetic dentists keep a variety of high-quality composites available to match tooth color and translucence.
- Improper maintenance – After you receive dental bonding, your dentist should give you instructions for cleaning and maintaining it. Some basics for caring for dental bonding include:
- Hygiene – Daily floss between your teeth and brush them daily with non-abrasive toothpaste. Avoid using abrasive products like baking soda to try to brighten your teeth. If a dentist or hygienist other than your current one works on your teeth, tell them which teeth have bonding on them.
- Avoid unnecessary stress – Avoid biting sharp or hard objects or using your teeth to open them.
- Limit things that can weaken or stain bonding – Excessive drinking can weaken dental bonding. Dark drinks like coffee, tea, and cola can darken your natural teeth and dental bonding.
Since your bonding is new, you can return to the dentist and ask him to freshen or polish your bonding. Although you had an emergency appointment with the dentist that he handled well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the dentist has advanced cosmetic dentistry training. If you feel comfortable, you can give the dentist a chance to improve your bonding. Otherwise, you can find an accredited cosmetic dentist and ask for a second opinion.
David Finley, DDS of Monroe, LA, sponsors this post.